• Chippa rope in former Pirates assistant coach

    Chippa United coach Dan Malesela

    Chippa United have secured the services of former Orlando Pirates assistant coach Teboho Moloi, who will serve as second-in-command to Dan Malasela.

    The Chilli Boys endured a disappointing 2016-17 Absa Premiership campaign, narrowly avoiding relegation to the National First Division as they finished in 13th spot – one point above relegated Highlands Park.

    In a bid to solidify the side, the Port Elizabeth outfit have roped in Moloi as Malasela’s assistant, based on the recommendation of the former Sundowns youth coach.

    ”I would like to welcome Teboho Moloi to the Chippa United Family,” the club’s owner told their website.

    ”We did not think twice as management when his name was recommended by the coach. We are confident that their reunion can only take this football club to greater heights. I would like to wish Mr Moloi all the best during his time with us,” he said.

    Siviwe Mpengesi also revealed the imminent arrival of former veteran midfielder Kurt Lentjies and striker Puleng Tlolane from Maritzburg United and Polokwane City respectively.

    ”At Chippa we are busy signing players that we think are needed in the team,” Mpengesi told Sowetan Live.

    ”We are also working on strengthening our technical team in terms of getting coach Dan Malesela an experienced assistant coach and a proper structure.

    ”Even though we have not officially announced it, we already have clinched contracts with two new players in Kurt Lentjies and Puleng Tlolane. There are also other players I will announce soon,” he added.

    Mpengesi also highlighted that defender James Okwuosa, who was sold to Pirates at the start of the season, wants to return to the club, after making only one appearance in the ill-fated 6-0 loss to Sundowns.

    ”Chippa supporters have been questioning if my decision to let James Okwuosa join Orlando Pirates was correct.

    ”James only played one game for Pirates. He is still contracted to them, but he has been calling us, pleading with us to talk with Pirates to bring him back. Those are some of the things that I have been working on,” he concluded.

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